You know when you’ve bought a lottery ticket and you read the winning numbers? You know that feeling when you compare your numbers and realize that, despite the fact that there was no chance in hell you were going to win, you’re still disappointed because part of you truly believed that, finally- FINALLY- you’d win. That’s how I watched the NBA Draft Lottery unfold last night.
No, the Raptors didn’t move up, which I shouldn’t have even hoped for, considering the odds, but I guess we can be content with the fact that they didn’t move down. And if I had to pick any team to get John Wall, Washington might have been it. First of all, their fans need something good to happen to them. We Raptor fans complain, but at least our franchise player didn’t sign a massive, longterm contract, sit out for nearly two years with a knee injury, and then come back only to pull a gun on a teammate over a poker game, which basically destroyed the team. Plus, even with Wall, Washington has no hope of being competitive in the next few years, so its not going to hurt the Raptors any time soon.
Still, part of me was hoping Minnesota would get the number one pick, and pick yet another PG in the top 5 in the draft, making it 3 in two years. This is the same Timberwolves team that drafted 3 centers in the top 7 in the draft in the span of 3 years in the early 90’s. Amazing they didn’t even make the playoffs until late in the 90’s.
Also, wouldn’t it have been great if Golden State won, and Don Nelson tried to tell everyone that John Wall, Stephon Curry and Monta Ellis can all, in fact, play together? What do you think the chances are that Nelson would have ended up actually starting all three at the same time? My guess is pretty good.
As for the Raptors, I’m still getting over the fact that they aren’t going to be getting a legit player in this year’s draft without trading up. It’s not that I think that they can’t get a half decent player at the 13th spot, but I don’t hold much hope of them getting an impact player. And I really don’t see all that much difference between drafting 13th and drafting 20th. That can’t be a good sign.
Speaking of moving up, I read on RealGM that the Rockets and Blazers are going to try to move up to the 3rd or 4th spot. My initial thought was, “well, duh!”, but then I thought, could the Raptors get in on that? Personally, there isn’t a player on the Raptors roster I wouldn’t package with the 13th pick to move up to the 3rd spot in order to draft Favors. He’s everything the Raptors are not and would immediately make fans forget about losing Bosh.
Now, one thing about Philadelphia moving up is that it may make Andre Iguodala even more available than he was. The fact is, isn’t Evan Turner basically what Philadelphia was hoping Iguodala would turn into? Sure, he hasn’t played a minute in the NBA, yet, but I don’t think anyone would be shocked if he ends up turning out to be the best player in this draft. There really isn’t anything he doesn’t do very, very well. Think Philadelphia would trade the 2nd pick? No, I don’t think so, either.
If Colangelo really wants to try and keep Bosh (and there’s an argument out there that he doesn’t, at this point), then perhaps getting Iguodala might be the right player to get in order to show Bosh the team is on the right track. I suggested trading for him way back in February, before the trade deadline. Now, I’m not so sure. I’ll get to why, in one of my next few posts.